Cowboys Wrangle No. 9 Wildcats - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Cowboys Wrangle No. 9 Wildcats

Posted: Updated:
STILLWATER, Oklahoma -

It was senior day in Stillwater but the Cowboys' trio of underclassmen delivered another huge victory on Saturday.

Le'Bryan Nash, Marcus Smart and Markel Brown combined to score 60 points in No. 13 Oklahoma State's 76-70 victory against No. 9 Kansas State. The win sealed the No. 3 seed in the Big 12 tournament for the Pokes and also ended K-State's chances of winning the Big 12 title.

Nash led OSU with 24 points on an incredibly efficient 10-of-12 shooting performance and he also hauled in five rebounds. Nash scored eight points during a 12-3 run that helped the Cowboys erase a nine-point second-half deficit to tie the game at 53-53 with less than nine minutes remaining.

Smart had one of his more efficient games lately, as well, scoring 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting and coming up big in the clutch from the foul line, where he hit 6-of-7. The All-American freshman was serenaded with chants of 'One more year! One more year!' whenever he went to the free-throw line in what OSU fans hope is not the last time they'll see him in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

RELATED: 3/9/13: Smart Named Wooden Finalist

Brown added 16 points, seven of which came from the free-throw line in the final 1:36 of regulation to help OSU ice its third victory this season against a top 10 team.

The Cowboys' lone senior, center Philip Jurick, didn't score but did major work on the glass with a game-high eight rebounds against a very physical Wildcat front line.

OSU (23-7, 13-5 Big 12) took a 36-30 lead into halftime on but K-State came out strong in the second half with a 17-3 run to take a 50-41 lead with 13:14 remaining. But the Pokes responded with a run of their own.

The Pokes went on a quick 4-0 spurt before K-State's Rodney McGruder sank a contested 3-pointer to put KSU back up eight. Then OSU responded with an 11-0 run to reclaim the lead 56-53.

As efficient as the run was offensively, it was the lock-down defense that sparked it. OSU held KSU with just one basket from the 13:14 mark until the 6:08 mark; completely regaining the momentum and the raucous crowd in the process.

But OSU's defense wasn't done yet. The Cowboys, again, held KSU without a made field goal from the 4:45 mark until a desperation 3-pointer with 20 seconds left and OSU leading by nine.

The defense limited K-State (25-6, 14-4) to just 39 percent shooting and 34.8 percent from 3, a far cry from the Wildcats' shooting performance that doomed the Pokes in Manhattan in the first meeting.

The Cowboys were efficient offensively thanks largely to a successful day in the paint, where OSU outscored the Cats 36-24. The Cowboys shot 56.8 percent for the game and only attempted one 3-pointer in the second half.

The Cowboys return to the court at the Big 12 tournament for an 8:30 p.m. tip on Thursday night against Baylor.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

More Sports

  • OU Sooners

    Find the latest sports news, schedules and more for the OU Sooners now!

  • OKC Thunder

    Thunder Up! Get the latest sports news, game highlights, videos and updates on the team.

  • TU Golden Hurricane

    Follow the TU Golden Hurricane! Get sports scores, news and highlights.

  • ORU Golden Eagles

    ORU Golden Eagles fans can find the latest news on the team, scores and video here!

  • SportsMore>>

  • Energy FC Down Reno 1-0; Advance In USL Playoffs

    Energy FC Down Reno 1-0; Advance In USL Playoffs

    via Energy FCvia Energy FC

    C.J. Cochran made five saves and recorded a shutout in his first-ever USL Playoffs start to lead the sixth seed OKC Energy FC to a 1-0 upset over third seed Reno 1868 FC in the quarterfinal round of the USL Playoffs Saturday night at Greater Nevada Field.

    More >>

    C.J. Cochran made five saves and recorded a shutout in his first-ever USL Playoffs start to lead the sixth seed OKC Energy FC to a 1-0 upset over third seed Reno 1868 FC in the quarterfinal round of the USL Playoffs Saturday night at Greater Nevada Field.

    More >>
  • Mayfield, Anderson Lead No. 9 Sooners Past K-State, 42-35

    Mayfield, Anderson Lead No. 9 Sooners Past K-State, 42-35

    AP photoAP photo

    Rodney Anderson ran 22 yards for the go-ahead score with 7 seconds remaining, Baker Mayfield threw for 410 yards and accounted for four touchdowns and No. 9 Oklahoma rallied for a wild 42-35 victory over Kansas State on Saturday night.

    More >>

    Rodney Anderson ran 22 yards for the go-ahead score with 7 seconds remaining, Baker Mayfield threw for 410 yards and accounted for four touchdowns and No. 9 Oklahoma rallied for a wild 42-35 victory over Kansas State on Saturday night.

    More >>
  • OT Interception Saves Cowboys, Beat Texas 13-10

    OT Interception Saves Cowboys, Beat Texas 13-10

    AP photoAP photo

    Ramon Richards intercepted Sam Ehlinger’s pass in the end zone in overtime and Matt Ammendola kicked a field goal, giving No. 10 Oklahoma State a 13-10 victory over Texas on Saturday.

    More >>

    Ramon Richards intercepted Sam Ehlinger’s pass in the end zone in overtime and Matt Ammendola kicked a field goal, giving No. 10 Oklahoma State a 13-10 victory over Texas on Saturday.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.